Danaus chrysippus orientis The African Monarch is one of our most commonly seen butterflies, flying throughout the year and occurring in every corner of our country. Furthermore they’re widespread over the rest of Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, large tracts of Asia and Australia, where they are known as the “Plain Tiger”. These butterflies prefer […]
NPR reports a study shows that Monarch butterflies bred in captivity had trouble migrating the breeder’s butterflies had rounder, smaller top wings – similar to nonmigratory butterflies. When they were put in a flight simulator, they did not orient south, unlike the wild North American butterflies they’d been raised alongside. The captive-bred butterflies, the scientists […]
Sierra Magazine reports Recent studies have shown that insect numbers across the globe are plummeting. All sorts of pollinators, including bumblebees, hoverflies, beetles, butterflies, and moths are also in decline. There are many steps that need to be taken to save beneficial bugs, but one of the easiest is taking care of the millions of acres […]
The Xerces society has an article on the impact of Fungicide Impacts on Pollinators They cover the subtle but significant effects fo fungicides, how bees are exposed and solutions.
Is that even a word? It will have to do for my purpose here which is to share with you this beautiful creature that so obligingly let me follow it around a garden of flowers in a local park; it is the same beauty shown in monochrome in the prior post. It really was quite […]
Of the 18,500 butterfly species worldwide, every species relies on a host plant to provide food for its larvae. Fennel is one of the host larval plants for the anise swallowtail butterfly, a common butterfly found along the western coast of North America. Here in northern California we have a lot of wild fennel–found […]
The BBC reports The UK’s second largest butterfly has “officially” returned to Norfolk after nearly half a century, experts have confirmed. Read article and see video at Butterfly returns after nearly half a century – BBC News